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Lt. Gen. (Ret) Mark A. Ediger, MD- Defining and Cultivating Effective Mentorship Relationships

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Ediger served as the 22nd Surgeon General of the Air Force.

On this episode of our Military Medical Mentorship Moments Series, Dr. Ediger focuses on how to develop and cultivate mentorship relationships. You will hear him provide insightful answers to the following questions:

Q. What are the different types of Mentorship Relationships?

Q. Can one convert between one type and another? How does that happen?

Q. What is the primary goal/purpose of a Mentorship relationship?

Q. What are some key Mentor/Mentee activities?

Q. What makes mentoring relationships successful?

Q. How do mentorship relationships fail?

Personal Reflections on Mentorship

Q. Who was your most influential mentor? Why

Q. What was the best advice you got from a mentor?

Q. What do you know now that you wish you would have learned much earlier?

Q. What characterizes a “good” or “not so good” mentorship relationship from your experience? Provide examples

Q. What is some practical advice for someone interested in mentoring or being mentored? What are the next steps to take?

Lt. Gen. Ediger shares many insights and mentorship lessons learned over a distinguished career. You don't want to miss this special episode!

Dr. Ediger received his MD degree at the University of Missouri and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio. Dr. Ediger trained in Family Medicine at Wake Forest University and subsequently completed an Aerospace Medicine Residency at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks AFB, TX. He served as a Flight Surgeon for the 94th Fighter Squadron and was the Command Surgeon for several units, including the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida, HQ U.S. Air Forces Europe and HQ Air Education and Training Command. Lt. Gen. Ediger deployed to Southwest Asia as the Commander of the 363rd Expeditionary Medical Group and later served as the Commander of the Air Force Medical Operations Agency.

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